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Leonard homes surrounded by flood waters

Posted at 12:22 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 13:22:51-04

LEONARD, Okla. — Sheriff's Deputies told people in Leonard on Thursday that the town could be an island by today. That’s not the case, at least yet, but some people's homes are surrounded by flood waters.

Tulsa Sheriff's Office deputies began scoping the area just before noon for anybody that might need an escort out of their water surrounded home.

Most people ditched their property in the last several days, but some could still be seen doing last minute farming operations this morning.

Jeanie Blatchford from Leonard says her parent's house was surrounded by water. She's going through a full range of emotions.

“Heartache, I mean happy that the house hasn’t been hit, like my neighbors and stuff, it doesn’t look like the water’s in their houses yet but it’s still hard to watch,” Blatchford said.

Blatchford said she expects everybody in the area to help out the ones hit hardest by the flood once things dry out.

In Leonard, and also Bixby, there is just so much uncertainty, nobody really knows how high the water will get and how it will effect their homes and belongings.

While many in Leonard have left their homes already, there’s a bit of last minute scrambling as folks are trying to get everything in place before potential rising waters hit.

People were given plenty of time to get things out, as they knew this was coming since the beginning of the week. Most residents evacuated in the last several days, but some are still here.

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